Quotation by Jacques Roumain

At daybreak, watched by the red and vigilant eye of the sun, before she sowed the corn, she called on the Lord Jesus Christ, turning to the east, called on the Angels of Guinea, turning to the south, called on the Spirits of the Dead, turning to the South, and she called on the Saints, turning to the north; she told them all, throwing the seeds in the four sacred directions: Jesus Christ, the Angels, the Dead, the Saints, here is the corn I give you, give me in return the courage to work and the satisfaction of reaping.
Jacques Roumain (1907–1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Masters of the Dew, p. 54, Les Éditeurs Français Réunis (1946).
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